Mark 7 - 11


Teachings and demonstrations
The Transfiguration and more teachings
Final preparations and Jerusalem

Mar - 7 Teaching and parables
Mar - 8 Teaching, Miracles and calling his disciples
Mar - 9 Transfiguration, looking toward Jerusalem, teachings
Mar - 10 On the way to Jerusalem, preparing the disciples
Mar - 11 Entry into Jerusalem, conflict with the priests


MAR - 7

When the Pharisees found fault because the disciples ate with unwashed hands, Jesus admonished them, "Well hath Esias prophesied of you, hypocrites; as it is written, 'This people honoureth Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. Howbeit in vain do they worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.'

"For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups, and many other such like things ye do. Full well ye reject the commandment of God that ye may keep your own tradition: for Moses said, 'Honour thy father and thy mother; and whoso curseth father or mother, let him die the death.' But ye say, if a man shall say to his father or mother, 'It is corban by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me;' he shall be free. And ye suffer him no more to do ought for his father or his mother, making the word of God of none effect through your tradition which ye have delivered. And many such like things do ye."

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And He spoke to the people, "Hearken unto Me every one of you, and understand. There is nothing from without a man that entering into him can defile him; but the things which come out of him, those are they that defile the man. If any man have ears to hear, let him hear."

When his disciples asked Him about this parable, He said, "Are ye so without understanding also. Do ye not perceive that whatsoever thing from without entereth into the man, it cannot defile him because it entereth not into his heart but into the belly, and goeth out into the draught, purging all meats.

"That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man. For from within - out of the heart of men - proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within and defile the man."

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In another place, a greek woman implored Jesus to cast the devil out of her daughter, but Jesus told her, "Let the children first be filled, for it is not meet to take the children's bread and to cast it unto the dogs." When she responded that the dogs under the table eat the children's crumbs, He responded, "For this saying go thy way. The devil is gone out of thy daughter," and she was freed.

A deaf man with a speech impediment was brought to Jesus and He healed him saying, "Ephatha," meaning be opened.


MAR - 8

When Jesus was teaching the multitudes, He told his disciples, "I have compassion on the multitude because they have now been with Me three days and have nothing to eat. And If I send them away fasting to their own houses, they will faint by the way, for divers of them came from far."

When the disciples asked how they could satisfy all those who were there, Jesus asked, "How many loaves have ye?" and they said seven. Jesus broke bread and they were all fed.

    Other disciple demonstrations

The Pharisees challenged Jesus to show them a sign from Heaven, and Jesus answered, "Why doth this generation seek after a sign? Verily I say unto you, there shall no sign be given unto this generation," and He left them.

Later, on a ship, He charged the disciples, "Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, and the leaven of Herod." When they questioned this among themselves that it might be because they brought no bread, He spoke to them, "Why reason ye because ye have no bread? Perceive ye not yet, neither understand? Have ye your heart yet hardened? Having eyes see ye not; and having ears hear ye not; and do ye not remember when I brake the five loaves among five thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up. And when the seven among four thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up.

"How is it that ye do not understand?"

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Jesus healed a blind man, and told him, "Neither go into the town, nor tell it to any in the town."

Jesus asked the disciples, "Whom do men say that I am?" When they answered the names of the prophets, He asked again, "But whom say ye that I am?" and Peter responded that He was the Christ; and Jesus charged them that they should tell no man who He was.

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Then He taught of his coming trials, and Peter rebuked Him. Jesus responded, "Get thee behind Me Satan, for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but the things that be of men."

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He called the people to Him and said, "Whosoever will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it. For what shall it profit a man if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul; or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

"Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of Me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of Man be ashamed when He cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels."

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MAR - 9

"Verily I say unto you, that there be some of them that stand here which shall not taste of death till they have seen the Kingdom of God come with power."

Jesus took Peter, James, and John, and went to a high mountain where He was transfigured before them. And figures appeared talking with Jesus, and a cloud overshadowed them and a voice said, "This is my beloved Son, hear Him," and suddenly all was gone; and Jesus charged them to tell no one until He was risen.

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The disciples asked Jesus about why the scribes said that Elias must come first. He answered, "Elias verily cometh first, and restoreth all things, and how it is written of the Son of Man that He must suffer many things and be set at nought. But I say unto you that Elias is indeed come, and they have done unto him whatsoever they listed, as it is written of him."

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And a multitude questioned with the disciples, and Jesus asked the disciples, "What question ye with them?" And a father said that he had brought his possessed son, and the disciples could not cast the spirit out.

Jesus said, "O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you; how long shall I suffer you? Bring him unto Me." They brought the child who fell wallowing to the ground. Jesus asked the father, "How long is it ago since this came unto him?" He answered that it was since childhood.

Jesus told him, "If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth." When the father avowed his belief, and begged Jesus to help his unbelief, Jesus said to the spirit, "Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee come out of him, and enter no more into him."

And the spirit cried and rent the boy; and then Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up; and he was cured.

The disciples asked why they were unable to cast the spirit out, and Jesus told them, "This kind can come forth by nothing but by prayer and fasting"

They passed quietly through Galilee, and Jesus taught the disciples saying, "The Son of Man is delivered into the hands of men. And they shall kill Him, and after that He is killed, He shall rise the third day."

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The disciples talked among themselves as to who would be the greatest, and Jesus asked, "What was it that ye disputed among yourselves by the way?" When they did not answer, Jesus taught them, "If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all and servant of all."

Setting a child in their midst, He told them, "Whosoever shall receive one of such children in my name receiveth Me; and whosoever shall receive Me, receiveth not Me but Him that sent Me."

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John told Jesus how they had seen someone casting out devils in Jesus's name, and they forbade him because he did not go with Jesus. Jesus told him, "Forbid him not; for there is no man which shall do a miracle in my name that can lightly speak evil of Me. For he that is not against us is on our part. For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ; verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward.

"And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in Me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck and he were cast into the sea.

"And if thy hand offend thee cut it off. It is better for thee to enter into life maimed; than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched, where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off. It is better for thee to enter halt into life; than having two feet to be cast into hell into the fire that never shall be quenched, where their worm dieth not and the fire is not quenched. And if thine eye offend thee pluck it out. It is better for thee to enter into the Kingdom of God with one eye; than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire, where their worm dieth not and the fire is not quenched.

"For every one shall be salted with fire, and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt. Salt is good, but if the salt have lost his saltness, wherewith will ye season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace one with another."

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MAR - 10

The Pharisees asked Jesus if it was lawful for a man to put away his wife, and Jesus answered, "What did Moses command you?" When they said that they could write a bill of divorcement, Jesus told them, "For the hardness of your heart he wrote you this precept; but from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. 'For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother and cleave to his wife; and the twain shall be one flesh.' So then they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder."

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    Changes to written law

When the disciples asked further, Jesus taught them, "Whosoever shall put away his wife, and marry another, committeth adultery against her. And if a woman shall put away her husband and be married to another; she committeth adultery."

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When the disciples prevented others from bringing children to Jesus, He corrected them, saying, "Suffer the little children to come unto Me, and forbid them not; for of such is the Kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, whosoever shall not receive the Kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein." And He held the children in his arms and blessed them.

    About the Kingdom

A wealthy man came to Jesus, addressing Him as Good Master, and asking what he should do to inherit eternal life. Jesus told him, "Why callest thou Me good? There is none good but one that is God.

"Thou knowest the commandments, do not commit adultery, do not kill, do not steal, do not bear false witness, defraud not, honour thy father and mother."

When the man said that he had done so from his youth, Jesus told him, "One thing thou lackest; go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor. And thou shalt have treasure in Heaven. And come; take up the cross and follow Me."

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When the man went away, Jesus instructed the disciples, "How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the Kingdom of God. Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the Kingdom of God. It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter into the Kingdom of God."

The disciples asked among themselves who could be saved if this were true. Jesus told them, "With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible."

Peter reminded Jesus that they had all left things and followed Him, and asked what they had earned. Jesus told them, "Verily I say unto you, there is no man that hath left house or brethren or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands for my sake and the gospels, but he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time houses and brethren and sisters and mothers and children and lands with persecutions, and in the world to come eternal life. But many that are first shall be last, and the last first."

Then Jesus taught them, "Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of Man shall be delivered unto the chief priests and unto the scribes. And they shall condemn Him to death, and shall deliver Him to the gentiles. And they shall mock Him, and shall scourge Him, and shall spit upon Him, and shall kill Him. And the third day He shall rise again."

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James and John, the sons of Zebedee begged a boon of Jesus, who asked, "What would ye that I should do for you?" They asked to sit in the seats of honor when He came into his Kingdom.

He answered them, "Ye know not what ye ask. Can ye drink of the cup that I drink of; and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?" When they said that they could, He responded, "Ye shall indeed drink of the cup that I drink of, and with the baptism that I am baptized, withal shall ye be baptized; but to sit on my right hand and on my left hand is not mine to give; but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared."

    About the Kingdom

Jesus said to them all, "Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them. But so shall it not be among you; but whosoever will be great among you shall be your minister; and whosoever of you will be the chiefest shall be servant of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister; and to give his life a ransom for many.

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A blind man called out to Jesus as the son of David and would not be silenced. Jesus asked him, "What wilt thou that I should do unto thee?" When the blind man asked for his sight, Jesus said, "Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole," and immediately his sight was restored.


MAR - 11

As they approached Jerusalem, Jesus sent two disciples, instructing them, "Go your way into the village over against you; and as soon as ye be entered into it, ye shall find a colt tied whereon never man sat. Loose him and bring him, and if any man say unto you, 'why do ye this?' say ye that the Lord hath need of him; and straightway he will send him hither."

And they did as Jesus said, and Jesus entered into Jerusalem riding on the colt and entered into the temple.

The next day, Jesus sought figs on a tree, but none were found. He told the tree, "No man eat fruit of thee here after for ever."

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And then Jesus entered the temple and cast out those who did business saying, "Is it not written, 'My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer,' but ye have made it a den of thieves."

The following morning, the fig tree was dried up, and Jesus told the disciples, "Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, that whosoever shall say unto this mountain, be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass, he shall have whatsoever he saith.

"Therefore I say unto you, what things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. And when ye stand praying; forgive, if ye have ought against any that your Father also which is in Heaven may forgive you your trespasses. but if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in Heaven forgive your trespasses."

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The chief priests and elders came to Jesus and challenged Him to tell of his authority. He answered them, "I will also ask of you one question, and answer Me and I will tell you by what authority I do these things.

"The baptism of John, was it from Heaven or of men? Answer Me." And they would not, so Jesus told them, "Neither do I tell you by what authority I do these things."

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